It's spring in Calgary - That means brown grass, a few green shoots, and snowfall as unpredictable as a wounded boar.
Here's 672, an eastbound potash train, coming into Calgary with the rocky mountains in the background.
One can get a feel for the beauty of the Mullan Pass area & the surrounding mountains from several scenic points along Mullan Pass road. In the distance, you can see one of two major trestles on the Mullan Pass route.
One of the few Z trains to assault Oregon's Blue Mountains is the Z-SKWAP (and WASK) better known as the "Super Fruit". This train is designated to haul fruit products from a facility near Wallula, WA to the Midwest and is made up entirely of refrigerator cars. Here the empty refers...
A variety of power has been used over the years in Oregon's Blue Mountains. Heavy grain trains, such as this GS-BRSE, used to be split in two and assigned 2 SD40-2s on either end. Today's operations see full grain trains with 3 4,000 horsepower units on the point and 4 more 3/4 of the way...
On cold December morning UP's M-PCHK rolls west across the Baker Valley of northeast Oregon. As is typical for December in the valley, the wind is blowing around 30 mph causing drifts on the highways. No wonder this location is called North Powder!
A picture of a trestle on the west side of Homestake Pass, which crosses the continental divide just east of Butte, Mt. The tracks on Homestake Pass are owned by BNSF & are currently inactive, although Montana Rail Link is looking into reopening the pass to relieve congestion on Mullan...
An SD45 & a GP9 can be seen here at MRL's Livingston yard by the Livingston Rebuild Center with the Beartooth/Absorka range visible in the background.
Location: Livingston, Mt
Date: April 2006
Locomotive/ train: SD45, GP9
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